Earlier this week, Palestinian officials announced that they would not return to the negotiating table even if Israel issued a 90-day freeze on settlements. This comes on the heels of President Obama’s recent chastisement of Israel for building in East Jerusalem – land he apparently considers disputed territory. Obama claimed that “this kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.” Yet in regards to this latest Palestinian effort to derail the peace process, the President has stayed silent.
If Israel’s construction in East Jerusalem is a hindrance to negotiations, then surely the non-negotiable cessation of talks can similarly be classified as an obstacle to constructive negotiations?
If President Obama chooses to criticize Israel, then fine, so be it. But he should at least have the same standard for all teams in the game.